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John Harley

John Harley, one of 142 convicts transported on the John Barry, 30 April 1819

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: John Harley
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1799
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: 1827
Age: 28 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to Life

Crime: Pocket picking
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: Life
Ship: John Barry
Departure date: 30th April, 1819
Arrival date: 26th September, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 144 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 88, Class and Piece Number HO11/3, Page Number 148
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th September, 2020 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842.

Name; John Harley
Age;  21 or 25 Est birth Year; 1798 - 1794
Read & Write;
Native Place; City Cork
Calling; Labourer and Stable Boy
Date of Trial: 17 February 1819
Sentence; Life
Height; 5 ft. 2 in
Complexion; Fair ..
Hair; Dark Brown
Eyes; Hazel
1823 - John Harley. On lists of convicts employed by William Lawson; from Oct 1819. Listed as Hurley & Hurly Comments: Per “John Barry”, 1819
Page: 313a
1825 - New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849
John Hurley. Convict. John Barry. 1819. Life. G. S. Wm. Lawson Esq.
Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011
Liverpool St Luke. 

Name; John Hurley
Abode; Liverpool
When Buried; 1827,  Feb 10th
Age;  35       Est date of birth 1792
Ships Name; John Barry
Quality or Profession; Assigned to Mr Lawson
By whom the Ceremony was preformed; Robert Cartwright

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th September, 2020 wrote:

Old Bailey online

JOHN HARLEY, Theft > pocketpicking, 17th February 1819.
442. JOHN HARLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 3d of February , one handkerchief, value 2 s., the property of Hugh Donald Cameron Douglas , from his person .

HUGH DONALD CAMERON DOUGLAS . On the 3d of February, between six and seven o’clock in the evening, I was in High-street, St. Giles’s, I noticed the prisoner and another person following me for sometime; just as I crossed Denmark-street a person said,

“the man has taken something out of your pocket.” I immediately ran and collared the prisoner, who was pointed out to me - I saw the handkerchief in his hand; he threw it down, and said he had not got it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Life .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

Peter Hinds on 21st September, 2020 wrote:

The John Barry had arrived at Portsmouth on 16 April 1819 and on 20 April, 60 male convicts were embarked from the hulk Laurel and 80 from the hulk Leviathan in Portsmouth harbour. On 23 April 1819 two more convicts were sent on board the John Barry from the Leviathan. One of the passengers on board the John Barry was John Thomas Bigge, New South Wales’ first Royal Commissioner. The John Barry finally arrived at Port Jackson on Sunday 26 September 1819 (See The Campbelltown Convicts).

Convict Changes History

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1798 (prev. 0000), date of death: 1827 (prev. 0000), gender: m, occupation

Penny-Lyn Beale on 19th September, 2020 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1799 (prev. 1798), crime

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